Handmade Fabric Gift Bags

With these fun fabric gift bags, wrapping your gift can be almost as much fun as making it. They have a great dual purpose of holding your gift and then being a useful little bag for storing special things!

July 2015

By Annabel Wrigley

We Love to Sew Gifts

Learn how to make gifts for family, friends and pets with Annabel Wrigley’s easy-to-follow instructions in We Love to Sew Gifts (Fun Stitch Studio, 2015). From sewing machine basics to embellishments, buttons, and pom-poms, you can learn to make charming gifts to wear, use, and display. The following handmade fabric gift bags are from "Let's Wrap It Up."

Finished Size: Approximately 7-3/4 x 9-5/8 inches

What Do I Need?

• Fat quarter of fun fabric
• Approximately 24 inches of fun-colored twine
• Basic sewing supplies

Prepare the Pieces

Cut two pieces of fabric 8-1/2 x 12 inches using the diagram as your guide.

Cutting diagram

Let’s Make It

1. Place the two fabric pieces right sides together and pin down a long (12-inch) side.

Pin fabric together

2. Sew down that side with the edge of the presser foot on the edge of the fabric.

Sew long side

3. Open out the seam and iron it flat.

Iron seam flat

4. Fold in 1/2 inch on each of the remaining 12-inch-long sides and press with an iron.

Fold half inch

5. Fold down the top 1-1/2 inches and press with an iron.

Fold half inch

6. Use an erasable-ink pen to draw a line 1/2 inch from the top folded edge. Extend the line to go from side to side across the entire top.

Draw first line

7. Draw another line 1/2 inch under the first line.

Draw second line

8. Pin the top folded edge down to hold it in place while you sew.

Pin top folded edge

9. Sew on both lines, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end.

Sew on both lines

10. Fold the piece in half with right sides together and pin. Placing the edge of the presser foot at the edge of the fabric and starting just under the second line of stitching, stitch down the side edge and across the bottom of the bag. Backstitch at the beginning and end.

Fold in half

Stitch side edge

11. Trim the corners—but don’t cut the stitching!

Trim corners

12. Turn the bag right side out and press with an iron.

Press right side out

13. Attach a small safety pin to the end of a length of twine at least 24 inches long.

Attach safety pin

14. Feed the safety pin through the little casing you created with the two lines of stitching. Go all the way through the casing and bring the pin out through the opening on the other side.

Insert drawstring

15. Decide on the length of twine you want the finished bag to have and cut the ends even. Tie the ends together with a knot.

Finished bag

Once you know how to make this fun bag, start experimenting with different sizes. You could make a big wide one or maybe a tall skinny one…it’s up to you!

Attach a sweet card and maybe a pom-pom or two and you are set!

Fabric bag 

More Projects from We Love to Sew Gifts:

Fleece Scarf Pattern with Pom-Poms
Make a Fabric Basket

Reprinted with permission from We Love to Sew Gifts: Fun Stuff for Kids to Stitch and Share by Annabel Wrigley and published by C & T Publishing, 2015.

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